Up to 100,000 may be evacuated due to floods in Russia's Far East - minister
Up to 100,000 people may be evacuated from a number of flood-stricken areas in Russia's Far East if the situation follows the worst-case scenario, Russian Far East Development Minister and presidential envoy to the Far Eastern Federal District Viktor Ishayev said.
"The governor and I calculated that some 45,000-46,000 people [may have to be evacuated] in the Amur region, about 39,000 in the Khabarovsk territory, and plus some in the Jewish autonomous region. Hence, about 100,000 people may be moved from their homes in the federal district," Ishayev told journalists in Blagoveshchensk on Saturday.
The minister stressed that the authorities must do all they can to prevent casualties. Speaking about the situation in the Amur region, Ishayev said over 20,000 people have already been evacuated because of the floods, and serious damage has also been caused to the agricultural sector.
"We have flown over four districts on our way to the Bureya Hydropower Plant. We saw how badly the crops have been hit, and colossal damage has been caused to the agricultural lands. The regional government says more than 400,000 hectares of land is under water. The losses have already topped two billion rubles. The region needs to be helped comprehensively," he said.